This article is being written to begin a series on the handling of Peoria, Illinois pedestrian accident cases. Injuries that result when a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle, whether walking on the sidewalk or in a parking lot, are usually severe. Victims of these types of accidents can have long-term or permanent injuries and may lose the ability to work. Damages in these cases include not only the physical injuries of the victim, but also the financial losses of their family. The goal of my coming articles is to provide information on what to expect if you or someone you love has been injured in an accident as a pedestrian. It is also my goal to provide information which will assist with the selection of a personal injury attorney. If you or a family member are in need of assistance, then contact my office today to speak with a lawyer.
I will be addressing several topics over my coming articles. Issues which I will analyze include:
- How comparative fault applies to pedestrian accident cases
- Proving liability in pedestrian accident case
- Calculating damages after a pedestrian accident
- How long does it take to settle a pedestrian accident case?
- What to expect at trial
I am addressing these topics for multiple reasons. First comparative fault applies to auto accident cases in Illinois. This is a complicated concept that provides that if a victim is found to be partially at fault for the accident that caused their injuries, their damage award will be reduced by their proportion of responsibility. Second, proving liability in a pedestrian case can be complex. It is important to understand the duties of the driver and when a pedestrian has the right-of-way. Third, the injuries in pedestrian accidents are usually significant and can include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, or wrongful death. It is important to understand how to calculate all types of damages in these cases. Fourth, settling a pedestrian accident case may be the best option for some plaintiffs. In navigating settlement, your counsel can ensure you are not settling for less than you deserve considering your damages. Lastly, if your case proceeds to trial, understanding what to expect at trial will prepare you for the process.
Retaining an experienced personal injury attorney will give you the best chance of receiving the highest recovery for your damages. Each aspect of the cases involving pedestrian accidents can be complicated and require detailed knowledge of the law. Without proper representation, your claim may be delayed or outright denied. I devote my practice to protecting the rights of injured parties. My firm takes pride in advocating for our clients and we look forward to being of assistance. Contact us today to speak with a Peoria pedestrian injury lawyer. My office also serves the Illinois cities of Bloomington, Eureka, Galesburg, Morton, Normal, Pekin, Springfield, and Washington.